Weekend at a Glance: Frankenstein, Fire Trucks and Front Country

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The 10th-annual Touch A Truck was rescheduled from April 15 due to weather, so you still have a chance to bring your kids to this fun, educational event. Photo courtesy of Touch A Truck Chapel Hill.

Reconstructing Frankenstein’s Monster – Thursday, 5:30-7pm – Join UNC English students at Wilson Library as they discuss their semester-long work recreating the world of Mary Shelley, the author of “Frankenstein.” The exhibition focuses on issues of the time, such as political turmoil in England and France, global exploration, medical experimentation and sexual liberation. Free.

Debbie Moose – Thursday, 7pm – Stop by Flyleaf Books to hear the award-winning North Carolinian author discuss her cookbook, “Carolina Catch.” The book features recipes for dishes including pan-seared mountain trout, grilled tuna and baked littleneck clams, all sourced in-state. The event will include samples of Moose’s favorite items from the cookbook. Free.

Nash Fest – Friday, 6pm-midnight; Saturday, 3pm-midnight; Sunday, noon-7:30pm – Head over to Nash Street Tavern and Mystery Brewing Public House for the second year of this music festival. The all-weekend-long event is free and features local artists including The Maxell 90, Lee Gildersleeve and the Bad Dogs, Eno Mountain Boys and more.

Spring Art Gala – Friday, 6-10pm – The boutique chocolate shop Special Treats will unveil a wall of art created by local artists with disabilities, who will be at the gala to discuss their work. In addition to access to the beautiful art, the ticket price includes a 10-course gourmet chocolate tasting menu with beverages and live music by Isabel Taylor and Leah Kaufman. Tickets: $21.83

Last Fridays Concert Series – Friday, 6:30-9:30pm – The Hillsborough Arts Council presents the first concert in a six-month series this weekend on the Old Orange County Courthouse lawn. This Friday will feature The Castaways, who, with decades of performance experience, promise to provide a perfect mix of beach, soul and rock ‘n’ roll. Free.

“‘A’ Train” Performance – Friday-Sunday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm – Don’t miss the PlayMakers Repertory Company’s 2017/18 season closing performance. Coming to Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art, is a PRCproduction of an adventurous exploration story of a mother’s journey on the autism train. With performances by Anne Torsiglieri, music by Brad Carroll and Risa Brainin as the director, this performace will show what it is like to be human. Tickets: Regular are $15-$48; Students are $10.

Front Country and Dead Horse – Friday, 8pm – Cat’s Cradle hosts Front Country, a roots-pop band that has taken acoustic string music and merged it with a pop aesthetic, creating a sound that promises to appeal to all music lovers. The San Francisco Bay Area-band with be joined by Dead Horses, an indie-acoustic band that was recently named one of the top 10 country artists you should know by Rolling Stone Magazine. Tickets: $14

Jayme Stone’s Folklife – Friday, 8pm – Juno-winning banjoist and composer Jayme Stone perform at The ArtsCenter alongside Moira Smiley on the accordion, Sumaia Jackson on the fiddle and Tristan Clarridge on the cello. This performance uses song and story to remake old songs for modern ears. Tickets: $22

Safe Kids Day – Saturday, 10am-1pm – Join Safe Kids: Orange County at University Place for this family-friendly event designed to teach parents and kids alike about safety. Kids can participate in safety challenges and a water safety demonstration, get child IDs from the Chapel Hill Police Department, peek inside emergency vehicles and enjoy a fire safety puppet show. Free.

Krushin’ Spring Shindig – Saturday, 11am-11pm – The cold weather is finally trickling away, and Krave wants to celebrate! Join them for outdoor games, a pig roast and live music and taste the lounge’s signature drink, “The Pineapple Krush,” from its mobile bar. Free.

High Heels and Hard Hats Fashion Show – Saturday, 6-10pm – Benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, this fashion show featuring local celebrities such as Sen. Valerie Foushee, Brian Chachos, Lori Burgwyn and Rebecca Paul is sure to be a hit. Emcee Andrea Griffith Cash returns for the fourth year, this time at The Rizzo Center.

Movie on the Village Green – Saturday, activities start at 6:30pm, movie at 8pm – Are you “Up” for a great time? If so, gather the whole family and head to Southern Village for activities and games followed by a screening of Pixar’s “Up.” This event is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome and will benefit the Chapel Hill Service League.

Touch A Truck – Sunday, noon-4pm – If your child is interested in fire trucks, bulldozers, big rigs and more, this weekend at the UNC Friday Center is an unmissable opportunity. Children will be allowed to touch, climb on and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe, supervised environment. Kid-friendly activities and food will be available as well as a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit UNC Children’s Hospital as well as Troop 39’s scouting programs. Free.

Community Dinner – Sunday, 1pm – The annual Community Dinner held at McDougle School’s Cafetorium is an opportunity for residents from all walks of life to come together and enjoy each other’s company. Mama Dip’s Kitchen coordinates the menu and, with the help of the Carolina Inn, produces the main course, while many other local restaurants provide side dishes. In the words of the event’s slogan, “sit down with a stranger, leave with a friend.” Tickets: $8 for adults, $3 for kids

Lots to Love Kickoff – Sunday, 1-4pm – Celebrate downtown Chapel Hill’s parking makeover with free food from Med Deli, live music, a photo contest, games and more. Use the updated website, parkonthehill.com, to find parking. Free.  

Great Guitars – Sunday, 6-8pm – The Village Green at Southern Village plays host to three great musicians this weekend for what is sure to be a night of phenomenal music and family fun. Bring a picnic and listen to guitarists Danny Gotham and Armand Lenchek play with vocalist and harmonica player Carter Mino. Free.

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Molly Weybright is an editorial intern with a love for books and a passion for the written word. She is a senior studying Reporting and Fiction Writing at UNC where she plays the trumpet with the Marching Tar Heels.
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